Karongwe Camp is on the banks of the Karongwe River (mostly a dry river bed) in the 9 000ha (22 239-acre) Karongwe Game Reserve, which is to the south-west of the Kruger National Park. Three rivers flow through the reserve, all tributaries of the Olifants River, carving their way through the bedrock and dividing the reserve.
The vegetation of the reserve falls within the savannah biome of southern Africa, with distinct vegetation zones being represented – mixed Lowveld and Mopane bushveld along with grass savannah, riverine vegetation and rocky outcrops.
More than 60 mammal species and abundant birdlife makes for good hunting with camera in hand. Sightings of the all the cats – lion, leopard and cheetah – as well as elephant and white rhino are an almost daily occurrence. With an unfenced camp, nightly visits from other species, such as hyena, are also not out of the ordinary.
Average summer maximum temperature (October-March): 40°C
Average minimum winter temperature (April-September): 6˚C
The camp consists of 10 walk-in Meru tents, with twin beds (students share tents) and supplied bedding (a duvet and one pillow); although you might want to bring an extra blanket for the winter months and an additional pillow should you require. There are also shared ablution facilities and a central communal area. We have mosquito nets in camp.
There are viewing decks in the central area of the camp, which many students choose to make their “bedroom” for part of or for the duration of the course. The camp itself is unfenced.